Glass-Colored Roses: Nine Watercolor Sketches for Piano

Glass-Colored Roses: Nine Watercolor Sketches for Piano

Here’s another piece from my senior composition recital in 2005. Glass-Colored Roses is a series of miniatures for piano, played here with great sensitivity by my friend Jonathan Kotulski. From my program notes: Glass-Colored Roses has been described as “exquisitely beautiful,” “silly,” “clever,” and “odd, but nice,” and that’s just for the title.  It also seems […]

Wandering Songs: Four Irish Poems by Padraic Colum

Wandering Songs: Four Irish Poems by Padraic Colum

Wandering Songs: Four Irish Poems by Padraic Colum Music by Eric M. Pazdziora Texts by Padraic Colum (edited by EMP) 1. The Wonder of All Wandering 2. Morag’s Song (Red Rowan Berry) 3. When Sleep Would Settle on Me 4. The Edge of Day Katherine Roy, violin Steven Danan, violoncello Heather Cummins, soprano Amy Lemon, […]

Thornfield CDs now available!

Thornfield CDs now available!

They’re finally here! After several months of hard work recording, Thornfield — the folk / americana band in which I play alongside Carrie Pazdziora and Jenna Satterthwaite — has finally released our debut albums, the CD Bright Northern Skies and EP One for a Lover. Nineteen totally original songs written by and performed the band (with some […]

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

Seventh in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song This is another text by Isaac Watts, whom we’ve heard from before when we looked at “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed.” Watts is known as “the Father of English Hymnody,” but in this case, he’s […]

Reader Question (kind of): Did My Sins Kill Jesus?

Reader Question (kind of): Did My Sins Kill Jesus?

(Well, OK, it’s not actually a reader question at all, since I have no idea whether the person who asked it has ever even seen this site. But my blog doesn’t have a category for “question I randomly saw somewhere and wanted to answer.” Speaking of which, if any of you real readers of this […]

How Does Jesus Love You?

How Does Jesus Love You?

In May 2010, Hillary McFarland invited me to write a guest post for her lovely website Quivering Daughters, which offered healing for victims of Spiritual Abuse within the so-called “Biblical Patriarchy” movement. Not knowing at the time that this would turn into an unlikely recurring ministry for me over the next two years, I decided to get a […]

The Truth about "Effeminate Worship"

The Truth about “Effeminate Worship”

Several popular (though controversial) preachers have taken up a refrain of social commentary I’ve heard a few too many times. They denounce what they see as a trend of “Effeminate Worship.” (Here’s a typical message. Here’s another and another.) Apparently, modern churches have become “feminized,” unlike the old days when men were men. This means […]

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

First published in April, 2009. A few more jokes added since. As you may have heard, April is National Poetry Month, and as T. S. Eliot pointed out, it’s also the cruelest month. (Really? Well, April does have Tax Day, April Fool’s Day, chronic rainstorms… so, arguably yes, but on the other hand it’s not […]

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

Interview: Anita Singleton-Prather on the Power of Storytelling

From the files of things I’ve been doing lately, here’s one I’m especially happy with. For my day job — which, for those who don’t know, involves  web content and music for an African American Christian publisher — I  got to interview an extremely talented storyteller named Anita Singleton-Prather who’s created a fun series of […]